[hip-nuh-tiz-uh m]


the science dealing with the induction of hypnosis.
the act of hypnotizing.

Origin of hypnotism

shortening of neuro-hypnotism, term introduced by British surgeon James Braid (1795–1860) in 1842; see hypnotic, -ism
Related formshyp·no·tist, nounhyp·no·tis·tic, adjective
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Examples from the Web for hypnotism

Contemporary Examples of hypnotism

Historical Examples of hypnotism

  • He came to me in despair and begged me to rid him of his passion by hypnotism.

  • She began to retreat again; she feared him, feared the hypnotism of his sad voice.


    James Huneker

  • But exactly these characteristics of attention belong to hypnotism too.


    Hugo Mnsterberg

  • As it is, I guess I'll have to admit that there is something in thought transference and hypnotism.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland

  • You can understand how this would be if there is anything at all in hypnotism.

    The Shadow World

    Hamlin Garland

British Dictionary definitions for hypnotism



the scientific study and practice of hypnosis
the process of inducing hypnosis
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Word Origin and History for hypnotism

1843, short for neuro-hypnotism (1842), coined by Dr. James Braid of Manchester, England, from hypnotic + -ism. In the same work (1843) Braid coined the verb hypnotize.

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hypnotism in Medicine




The theory or practice of inducing hypnosis.
The act of inducing hypnosis.
Related formshypno•tist n.
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